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of hurricane sandy. with that, i will turn it over to dr. nab at the hurricane center. >> thank you. we have a very large category 1 hurricane off the southeast coast of the united states today. the intensity is not expected to change dramatically between now and when the center circulation eventually comes ashore in the mid-atlantic northeast area some time monday evening or tuesday morning. but the center of circulation will only be a very smart part of the story because this is a very large system and weather will start to go downhill from virginia up through new jersey and then points north and inland from there. we already have tropical storm conditions on the coast of north carolina. and because of the large size, again, the weather will deteriorate well in advance of the center of circulation and then we anticipate that the system will slow down after coming ashore on tuesday and into wednesday and when you have a large slow-moving system that is much more capable of producing larger storm surge values in coastal areas, longer periods of potentially damaging winds at the coast and inl
of the -- all the start -- across the country are concerned about the potential impact of hurricane sandy. my first message is to all people across the eastern seaboard, the midlantic going north. you need to take this very seriously and follow the instructions of your state and local officials, because they are going to be providing you with the best advice in terms of how to deal with this storm over the coming days. we just had an excellent meeting with the team here, the various agencies in charge, including the department of defense, the department of energy, and others that will need to respond very quickly. we have had a chance to talk to regional officials as well. i just had a phone call with the governors of the potentially impacted states and cities in the region. at this stage everyone is confident that the staging process, the positioning of resources, commodities, and equipment that will be needed to respond to the storm are in place. as craig has emphasized, this has not made landfall yet. we do not yet know where it will hit, where we're going to see the biggest impacts. that
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